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Ernst Haeckel and Emil du Bois-Reymond were the most prominent champions of Darwin in Germany. This essay compares their contributions to popularizing the theory of evolution, drawing special attention to the neglected figure of du Bois-Reymond as a spokesman for a world devoid of natural purpose.

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The historiography of the German reception of Darwin’s theory needs to be reassessed in the light of du Bois-Reymond’s Lucretian outlook.

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Based on my biography of Emil du Bois-Reymond

Dr Gabriel Finkelstein
University of Colorado Denver

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This page is a summary of: Haeckel and du Bois-Reymond: rival German Darwinists, Theory in Biosciences, March 2019, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s12064-019-00282-6.
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